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Last Chance to Register: Donner Institute’s Summer School on Religion and Cultural Change

Åbo/Turku, Finland 8–10 June, 2020

See details of the Summer School here

To apply, please send an abstract of approximately 150 words to cscc@utu.fi no later than 15 January, 2020. Letters of acceptance will be posted no later than 15 February, 2020. Upon acceptance to the summer school, doctoral candidates will furthermore be asked to submit a 500-word synopsis of their research theme no later than 1 May, 2020.

Call for Papers: Journal of Religion and Demography

In 2019, the Journal of Religion and Demography published papers on:

Are you sitting on a treasure trove of quantitative analysis of religion? We want to hear about it! Submissions are open for the next issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Religion and Demography.

Call for Papers – Celebrating SocRel at 45: Beyond Binaries in the Sociology of Religion

14–16 July 2020 – University of York, UK

Abstracts (250 words), Special panel proposals (500 words) and Bursary applications must be submitted by 24 January 2020.

Please submit abstracts via the online portal, click here for submission guidelines.  Selected authors will be asked to contribute to an edited volume.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr Sarah Jane Page (Aston University)
  • Professor Sam Perry (University of Oklahoma)
  • Professor Colin Campbell (University of York)

Special 45th Anniversary Panel:

  • Professor Eileen Barker (London School of Economics)
  • Professor Jim Beckford (Warwick University)
  • Professor Grace Davie (Exeter University)
  • Professor Linda Woodhead (Lancaster University)
  • Professor Colin Campbell (University of York)

Sociological writing about religion is replete with binaries: secular/post-secular, sacred/profane, religion/non-religion, western/non-western, spiritual/religious, theistic/non-theistic, cognitive/corporeal and private/public, to name just a few. Theories that consider the relationship between these seemingly opposing concepts have shaped the evolution of the discipline, reflected changing social realities, and supported the production of new knowledge.

Although many of these binaries have become highly fashionable within the contemporary study of religion, does the use of these types of analytical frames limit our capacity for critical sociological engagement? Do our understanding of the lived realities for individuals across different communities support or reject the use of binary concepts? In this conference that celebrates 45 years of SocRel, we invite you to consider the possibilities for the sociology of religion ‘beyond binaries’. We encourage you to think about the relationships that you make in your own research with these, and other, binary frames, and the ways in which you find them both useful and limiting to think with.

See BSA website for further details

Ecclesiology and Ethnography Network News: Conference Dates, Latest Articles, More

Dear Friends,
 
Happy New Year to our friends and colleagues in the Ecclesiology and Ethnography network! We trust your research and collaborations will be rich and fruitful in the coming year.
 
We highlight important revised dates for our September conference in Durham. Those dates are: 22-24 September 2020. Do make sure you have these correct dates in your diaries/calendars.
 
We would also like to turn your attention to recent news articles published on the website since our gathering last September: 

If you have news articles, details of conferences you are hosting or attending, doctoral student profiles to contribute or press kits for books to be released we are happy to feature those in our next newsletter and on our website. Please send them to Jasper Bosman: jagbosman@tukampen.nl
 
Once again we wish you all a wonderful start to your new year!

AASR January Newsletter

Please note that these special Call for Papers are due on 15 January 2020:

Call for manuscripts: special issue on ‘Religion and Violence’ on the Journal for the Academic Study of Religion

Religion and Gender Journal on the Call for manuscripts: special issue on ‘Religion, Gender and Violence’
Call for Papers:

Conferences
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Rethinking​ ​Media, Religion and Secularities. Conference of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture Conference location: Sigtuna Foundation, Sigtuna, Sweden. Conference dates: 4-7 of August 2020. Deadline extended 14 January 2020. More info.

Navigating the non/confessional in university Islamic studies. University of Birmingham. 20-22 April 2020. Submission deadline 17 January 2020. More info

“Religion and the urban, natural and virtual environments”, Bi-Annual Conference of the ESA RN34- Sociology of Religion, Groningen (Netherlands), 26-28 August 2020. Abstract deadline 31 January 2020. More info.

Perception and Reception of Persia research unit (EABS, Wuppertal, August 3rd-6th 2020). Submission deadline: 20 February 2020. More info

3rd ANU Religion Conference – Religion and Migration: Culture and Policy. Canberra, 8-10 December 2020. Proposal deadline 30 April 2020. More info

PublicationsCall for Papers on Digital Visibilities of the Religious. Deadline 15 January 2020. More info

Call for papers on Religion & Ecology for a special issue of Religions. Deadline 31 May 2020.
Events:

7th UN interfaith Harmony lecture in conjunction with Melbourne University Chaplaincy. ‘Pope Francis: His Interfaith and Environmental Perspectives’ by Mr David Schütz on Tuesday 4 February at Melbourne University, 5.30 – 7.30pm. More info
Funding Opportunities:

Call for proposals: The Religion and Sexual Abuse Project. Deadline 1 February 2020. More info
Postgrad/ECR Opportunities:

PhD on Extreme Beliefs, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

4 PhD scholarships at the University of Queensland, Atlas of Religion Project

Postdoc positions at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Arizona State University

Postdoc Fellowship, The Center for Religion and the Human (CRH) at Indiana University

Call for Papers from Sociology of Religion for Advanced Graduate Students

Call for Applications: Workshop “Public Scholarship of Religion in an Age of Hypermediation”

Summer School on Religion and Cultural Change

Also if you’re on Facebook, we have a postgrad page so do join us 🙂 
New Publications:

Alphia Possamai-Inesedy and Alan Nixon (2019)(eds). The Digital Social: Religion and Belief. de Gruyter.

Milad Milani (2019) ‘The “Sufism” of Monsieur Ibrahim‘, in Cultural Fusion of Sufi Islam: Alternative Paths to Mystical Faith, edited by Sarwar Alam. Routledge: Abingdon.

Praveena Rajkobal (2020), The Sarvodaya Movement: Holistic Development and Risk Governance in Sri Lanka. Routledge: London.

Enqi Weng (2020), Media Perceptions of Religious Changes in Australia: Of Dominance and Diversity. Routledge: London.
Have you a new event, job opportunity or latest publication to share with us? Please get in touch with the AASR’s Communication Officer, Dr Enqi Weng, at enqi.weng@deakin.edu.au with details by mid of 2nd and 4th week of each month to be included in our now fortnightly newsletter. Thank you.  

Immortality: Beliefs and Practices – Last week of Inform Seminar early bird registration!

After 12th January, ticket prices will increase

It’s the last week of early bird reduced price registration for the next Inform Seminar, Immortality: Beliefs and Practices, in conjunction with the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College, London.

Saturday 1st February 2020, 10am-5pm (registration at 9.30). Bush House Lecture Theatre 1, King’s College, London, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG.

Please visit https://inform.ac/seminars to book tickets via Paypal or credit/debit card.

Registration costs:

Standard: £38

Unwaged/ university student: £18

A Level student: £10

After 12th January, ticket prices will increase by £10, across all three categories and refunds will not be offered.

Immortality: Beliefs and Practices

The lure of immortality has been an inspiration for many people in both religious and secular contexts. But what does immortality mean? This seminar will explore some of the range of beliefs and practices which are closely associated with immortality in comparative context. We will investigate the idea of immortality by looking more closely at how it is directly applied in people’s lives. What happens when immortality is understood as a possibility – or even a reality?  We will be considering beliefs and practices relating to immortality in the context of AI, near-death experiences, Christianity, Buddhism, Freezone Scientology, spiritualist mediums and contemporary yoga movements. 

This project is partially funded through the ERC Horizon 2020 Project AYURYOG Grant No. 639363 which is exploring the entanglements of yoga, ayurveda and rasaśastra (alchemical and longevity practices) in South Asia.

It is held in association with the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College, London.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mikel Burley, University of Leeds
  • Susannah Crockford, Ghent University
  • Peter Fenwick, King’s College London
  • Tobi Olujinmi, The W-Talk
  • Mark Singleton, SOAS, The University of London
  • Aled Thomas, The Open University

We look forward to seeing you there!

Best wishes and Happy New Year from the Inform Team!

Sociology of Islam Journal – Volume 7 (2019): Issue 4 (Dec 2019)

Special Issue: Unfinished Conversations with Saba Mahmood edited by Sultan Doughan and Jean-Michel Landry – https://brill.com/view/journals/soi/7/4/soi.7.issue-4.xml

Unfinished Conversations with Saba Mahmood – To Charles Hirschkind in Deep Gratitude

By: Sultan Doughan and Jean-Michel Landry

Pages: 215–225

The Constraints of Choice: Secular Sensibilities, Pious Critique, and an Islamic Ethic of Sisterhood in France

By: Kirsten Wesselhoeft

Pages: 226–244

The Politics of the Veil in Medieval Christianity

Saba Mahmood and the Practice of Feminist Historiography

By: Karl Shuve

Pages: 245–262

Distinguishing Companions: Mixed-Confession Education, Assimilation, and Islamic Thought

By: Timothy Gutmann

Pages: 263–288

Piety, Practice and Habitus: Saba Mahmood’s Dialogue with Aristotle and His Legacy

By: Bryan S. Turner

Pages: 289–300

Liberal Political Philosophy of Religious Difference after Saba Mahmood

By: Christoph Baumgartner

Pages: 301–322

Secular Governance and Islamic Law

The Globalization of the Minority Question

By: Alexandre Caeiro

Pages: 323–343

On the Study of Islam and the Middle East after Saba Mahmood

A Roundtable Conversation with Lisa Wedeen and Schirin Amir-Moazami

Pages: 345–360

Contents

Pages: 361–363

Publication Date: 13 Dec 2019

AASR End of December Newsletter

Happy holidays to all! Please note that there was a mistake in one of the CFP deadline extension sent earlier this month – it has now been corrected.

Do also note our postconference special CFPs as below:

Call for manuscripts: special issue on ‘Religion and Violence’ on the Journal for the Academic Study of Religion

Religion and Gender Journal on the Call for manuscripts: special issue on ‘Religion, Gender and Violence’

Here’s wishing everybody a well-deserved break and we will be in touch again in 2020. 
Call for Papers:

Conferences


Things that Make for Peace Conference II. Sydney, 18-20 March 2020. Deadline extended 31 December 2019. More info

The XXII Quinquennial World Congress of the IAHR, hosted by the New Zealand Association for the Study of Religions, will take place at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand from 23-29 August 2020. Submission deadline 31 December 2019. More info + latest newsletter

International Communication Association Preconference on Intersectional Imaginaries in Media, Religion & Gender, Gold Coast, Australia, May 2020. Deadline extended 2 January 2020. More info

Rethinking​ ​Media, Religion and Secularities. Conference of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture Conference location: Sigtuna Foundation, Sigtuna, Sweden. Conference dates: 4-7 of August 2020. Deadline extended 14 January 2020. More info.

Navigating the non/confessional in university Islamic studies. University of Birmingham. 20-22 April 2020. Submission deadline 17 January 2020. More info

“Religion and the urban, natural and virtual environments”, Bi-Annual Conference of the ESA RN34- Sociology of Religion, Groningen (Netherlands), 26-28 August 2020. Abstract deadline 31 January 2020. More info.

3rd ANU Religion Conference – Religion and Migration: Culture and Policy. Canberra, 8-10 December 2020. Proposal deadline 30 April 2020. More info 

Publications

Call for Papers on Digital Visibilities of the Religious. Deadline 15 January 2020. More info

Call for papers on Religion & Ecology for a special issue of Religions. Deadline 31 May 2020.

Funding Opportunities

Call for proposals: The Religion and Sexual Abuse Project. Deadline 1 February 2020. More info
Postgrad/ECR Opportunities

4 PhD scholarships at the University of Queensland, Atlas of Religion Project

Postdoc positions at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Arizona State University

Postdoc Fellowship, The Center for Religion and the Human (CRH) at Indiana University

Call for Papers from Sociology of Religion for Advanced Graduate Students

Call for Applications: Workshop “Public Scholarship of Religion in an Age of Hypermediation”

Summer School on Religion and Cultural Change

Also if you’re on Facebook, we have a postgrad page so do join us 🙂 
Job Opportunities

Lecturer in Philosophy and Religion, Leeds
New Publications

Milani M (2019) The “Sufism” of Monsieur Ibrahim, in Cultural Fusion of Sufi Islam: Alternative Paths to Mystical Faith, edited by Sarwar Alam. Routledge: Abingdon.

Possamai-Inesedy A and Nixon A (2019)(eds). The Digital Social: Religion and Belief. de Gruyter.
Have you a new event, job opportunity or latest publication to share with us? Please get in touch with the AASR’s Communication Officer, Dr Enqi Weng, at enqi.weng@deakin.edu.au with details by mid of 2nd and 4th week of each month to be included in our now fortnightly newsletter. Thank you.